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March 21, 2010

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But a player can't fail in a seven game series. At least, a player can't fail as starkly as he can fail in the NCAA tournament, when he gets exactly one game in each round, and his team either goes to the next round or loses it all.

If individual failure, or triumph, in a team sport is what you're looking for, try baseball.

The One True Sport invented the seven-game championship series, and the individual opportunities are, if anything, intensified in that context. (see, e.g., Bill Buckner)

Yeah, sure, winners always say that. This post was a total waste of pixels.

Builds character, someone might say.

Should have been the preface to post above, but somehow disappeared....how'd that happen?

Yeah, sure, winners always say that. This post was a total waste of pixels.

I'm sorry about the Aggies, BobbyP. Next year.

I'm sorry about the Aggies, BobbyP. Next year.
posted by von

No need to apologize, von. I didn't watch that game. I don't care who won that game. And as a matter of principle, I never root for teams from Texas.

But if this is some kind of pean to "having the chance to win or lose", then I can only say that conservatives, in principle, assert some deserve only to win.

There's a big difference.

How the bleep does Wisconsin, one of the best scoring defenses in the country, give up almost 90 points to an Ivy League team?

Talk about failure.

The One True Sport invented the seven-game championship series, and the individual opportunities are, if anything, intensified in that context. (see, e.g., Bill Buckner)

Why does no one remember that Boston had already blown the lead at that point?

The One True Sport

There are only three true sports, race car driving, boxing, and bull fighting. The rest are kids games played by adults.

And can I just say that that was perhaps the most spectacular opening NCAA weekend in recent memory, if not ever. I'm sure things will turn out allo disappointing in the end with a Mich. St., Duke, UK and Syracuse final four but man, such fun finishes.

race car driving, boxing, and bull fighting

You forgot fox hunting.

Why does no one remember that Boston had already blown the lead at that point?

Because the game was tied, (two runs having already scored after two easy outs) and Buckner's error let the winning run score, and because it was the bottom of the 10th, so game over, and especially because the Mets went on to win the Series.

So minor matters like earlier failures to get the third out (and win the Series right then) are forgotten.

Actually, I do think that, of team sports, it is baseball that most consistently and intensely focuses on individual performance.

There are only three true sports, race car driving, boxing, and bull fighting.

There is surely no finer sight in all the world than a man facing alone half a ton of angry pot roast.

-- Tom Lehrer

I agree with Bernard regarding baseball's focus within the context of a team sport.

Unlike most team sports, there is rarely a diagramed play on (with the exception of the sacrifice). Nothing happens the same way twice. Nobody knows where the ball is going ahead of time. It's the individual trying to throw a 95 mph fastball past another individual who, miraculously, can hit it maybe 2.8 times out of ten.

An outfielder chasing a long line drive into the outfield gap in a close game is a lonely guy.

For Ugh ;): Eric's excellent hat is excellent on Mickey Mantle, not so much current day Yankees, with the exception of Jeter, and certainly not on Steinbrenner.

Other excellent hats include the Cardinals, the Red Sox, the Tigers, the Reds, the Giants, and the Braves.

"The song goes: Fail with consequence, lose with eloquence, and smile. Remarkably, despite being composed by Germans, there's some truth in that line."

Is that supposed to be funny? Because it comes across to me as prejudice against Germans.

Slarti: You forgot fox hunting.

Does it involve a significant risk of death for the human participant? If so, then, yes, I did forget it. Actually, I really don't care, for some reason I just like the phrase "kids games played by adults." Seems to put things in perspective sometimes.

Thullen: For Ugh ;): Eric's excellent hat is excellent on Mickey Mantle, not so much current day Yankees, with the exception of Jeter, and certainly not on Steinbrenner.

But to inspire such Seinfeld greatness?!!?

If the fox hunting is done in the old way, there is indeed risk of death (or at least severe injury).

Eric's excellent hat

The excellent Yankee logo (yes, I'm a fan of the Evil Empire) was in fact designed by Tiffany.

Details from Wikipedia:

In 1877, an insignia that would become the famous New York Yankees "NY" logo was struck on a medal of honor by Tiffany & Co. and issued to the first NYC police officer shot in the line of duty. The Yankees adopted the logo in 1909.

Sometimes, in a safe environment, I like to put a car sideways

Get yourself an old beater MG, or a Miata, or maybe a 16v Rabbit, and go autocross.

Some folks run Neons. Some run Ford Fiestas.

It's cheap and fun. And you can probably come close enough to killing yourself to satisfy your "life on the edge" jones, if that's your thing.

No need to go pulling the traction control off of the rest of our cars. There are enough knuckleheads out there already, they don't need the encouragement.

You want a sport? I have a sport... riding a bicycle in Toronto traffic.

But if you mean that failure should have consequences, and those consequences should include watching your kids die of something we have a treatment for, then I have only one thing to say about that which the posting rules allow: as long as we have social programs to support business owners who mess up (inter alia incorporation, limited liability), and craft guild protection for professionals (the law society, medical licensing, etc.) then working people should have the ability to afford medical treatment for themselves and their kids.

Is that supposed to be funny? Because it comes across to me as prejudice against Germans.

[Satire] Me? Prejudiced against Germans? I drive a German car, listen to German music, and have lots of German friends. I even dated a German once. So I can't possibly be prejudiced against Germans. I just don't want them swimming in my swimming-pools or marrying my sister.[/Satire]

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